SANA’A: Al Qaeda in Yemen posted a video online and claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo saying it was “vengeance” for the French weekly’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
“We, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the messenger of Allah,” one of the group’s leaders, Nasser al-Ansi, said in the video.
Naseer Al-Ansi said in video “France belongs to the party of Satan and warned of more tragedies and terror”. He claimed the al-Qaeda branch “chose the target, laid out the plan and financed the operation”.
He highlights ‘crimes’ committed in Central Africa, saying: “Look at it. It is France that has shared all of America’s crimes. It is France that has committed crimes in Mali and the Islamic Maghreb. It is France that supports the annihilation of Muslims in Central Africa in the name of race cleansing.”
Meanwhile, the Islamic State group’s radio described French weekly Charlie Hebdo’s publication of a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed as an “extremely stupid” act.
“Charlie Hebdo has again published cartoons insulting the prophet and this is an extremely stupid act,” said a statement read on Al-Bayan radio, which the jihadist group broadcasts in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq.
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